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Purbeck countryside sites

Places to visit in the Purbeck countryside include Durlston Country Park, nature reserves, heathland, woodland, grassland and ancient monuments.


The Purbeck countryside is unique with around 30 different habitats and 200 species of conservation interest, making it one of the most biologically diverse districts in England.

The sites below are either owned or managed by Dorset County Council or Purbeck District Council. Dorset County Council also manages Eight Acre Wood in Bovington, Winfrith Newburgh picnic site and Pine Clump near Upton.

For sites managed by different organisations such as Dorset Wildlife Trust or the Forestry Commission, view the Purbeck Countryside Guide .


Durlston Country Park

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From views and walks to geology and wildlife - Durlston County Park near Swanage has something for everyone.

Sandford Heath

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This hidden Purbeck heathland is found on the edge of The Woodlands housing estate in Sandford, near Wareham.

Turners Puddle Heath

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Turners Puddle Heath incorporates an area of 14 hectares of predominantly dry lowland heathland with valley mire and wet heath.

Wareham Walls

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Wareham's Saxon Walls surround Wareham old town on three sides. The grassland provides habitat for various flowers, insects and butterflies.

Upton Wood

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Upton Wood is found near to Upton Country Park. You will find a Woodland Trail, trickling streams and open glades with bluebells. Upton Wood won a Gold Award in the 2016 South and South East in Bloom Competition in the small conservation area category.

Countryside Guide

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The Purbeck Countryside Guide tells you about the places to visit in the area and how to get there by public transport, plus walking and cycling routes.
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